Nosferatu 1979

Nosferatu The Vampyre, or in the original German Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht. 1979 remake of the horror silent classic Nosferatu.


Today, being home alone, I decided to finally utilize my time and popped in the VHS tape of the English dubbed version of this movie into the VHS player and watch this version of my favorite horror Nosferatu. Sure, I got what I expected but also what I did not expect and a very unique approach to the camera work.

Because of so many opinions about this particular German/French movie, I shall give you small review-points for selected movie-goer viewpoints:

Vampire/Gothic movie counisurr: The film fulfills it’s purpose of using the vampire-temptlate in a state of purpose as vampires were intended: evil creatures of the night, former living, filled with the lust for blood and sexual desires, intelligence and supernatural powers, and the yearning and story of wishing for death as an immortal and the sacrifices of being undead. I would recommened this movie for giving a most perfect story outlining the true basis of vampires.

Viewers who are comparing this to the original: This film takes much artistic liberties at times in the film. It elaborates very nicely the original scenes, while ommiting many, changing their importances and sometimes seem to rush it. This constantly displaces these types of viewers, not to mention the plot of some characters into something not from the movie. *i.e. staking the vampire added in and a few smaller scenes, while Harker’s surprise ending and the loss of the chase-scene for Renfield.* This is definitly an interpretation, emulating and moving in a different direction than the first one. Fans will also really, really appreciate the erotic blood drinking scene. I garuntee it.

Movie-going people: This film has some somewhat questionable editing of the scenes, confusing a little and seemed displaced. However it looks like you have to be in the right frame of mind to call it ‘very good cinematography’. The music is very, very 70’s.Other than all this the setting is gray, eerie, creepy and gothic.

Twilight fans: This film will either make your shallow minds hate it because you don’t understand…or will open them up to a newer and more mature, serious light for what the word ‘vampire’ really means. It’s way more than just a sparkily pretty boy. In real folklore, they were downright ugly at times. And killed you. They were like animals. And no sparkles.

Well, I think that sums up most of the audience who would watch this besides average people.

Here are some links and clips to get your senses pumped for this whirlwind of a vampire film!

IMDB profile with offical information.

Klaus Kinski plays one hell of a Dracula.

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2 Responses to “Nosferatu 1979”

  1. I love this movie! It’s one of favourite vampire films. It is bizarre film yet so unique. Klaus Kinski (his surname translates to “terror” — yes, that’s his real name) is fabulous as Dracula/Orlock.

    I’m a little miffed that you got the English dub of this film. The original German has such emotion I don’t know if they translate well dubbing. Oh, well.

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